|Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything - TED.com|
Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Bruno Bowden folds while Rufus Cappadocia plays - TED.com|
After Robert Lang's talk on origami at TED2008, Bruno Bowden stepped onstage with a challenge -- he would fold one of Lang's astonishingly complicated origami figures, blindfolded, in under 2 minutes. He's accompanied by the cellist Rufus Cappadocia.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; cello; entertainment; music; origami; 2008
|John Francis walks the Earth - TED.com|
For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a message of environmental respect and responsibility (for 17 of those years without speaking). A funny, thoughtful talk with occasional banjo.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; environment; global issues; TED2008; 2008
|Richard Preston on the giant trees - TED.com|
Science writer Richard Preston talks about some of the most enormous living beings on the planet, the giant trees of the US Pacific Northwest. Growing from a tiny seed, they support vast ecosystems -- and are still, largely, a mystery.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; complexity; exploration; nature; science; writing; TED2008; 2008
|Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compassion - TED.com|
People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion -- to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; collaboration; faith; global issues; politics; religion; TED2008; 2008
|David Griffin on how photography connects us - TED.com|
The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; culture; design; entertainment; global issues; photography; storytelling; TED2008; 2008
|Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions - TED.com|
Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but Medea Hypothesis author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; disease; environment; global issues; history; life; science; space; TED2008; 2008
|Roy Gould and Curtis Wong preview the WorldWide Telescope - TED.com|
Educator Roy Gould and researcher Curtis Wong show a sneak preview of Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope, which compiles images from telescopes and satellites to build a comprehensive, interactive view of our universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; collaboration; demo; education; science; short talk; technology; universe; TED2008; 2008
|Al Gore's new thinking on the climate crisis - TED.com|
In this brand-new slideshow (premiering on TED.com), Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; climate change; global issues; politics; science; TED2008; 2008
|Yves Behar on designing objects that tell stories - TED.com|
Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he's created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he's working on now -- including the "$100 laptop."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; One Laptop Per Child; business; computers; creativity; design; sex; society; 2008
|Gregory Petsko on the coming neurological epidemic - TED.com|
Biochemist Gregory Petsko makes a convincing argument that, in the next 50 years, we'll see an epidemic of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, as the world population ages. His solution: more research into the brain and its functions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; brain; business; health; science; social change; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Paul Rothemund details DNA folding - TED.com|
In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; DNA; MacArthur grant; creativity; nanoscale; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual - TED.com|
Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; anthropology; beauty; culture; faith; global issues; photography; religion; 2008
|Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives - TED.com|
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; evolution; global issues; morality; politics; psychology; TED2008; 2008
|John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they? - TED.com|
Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; physics; science; TED2008; 2008
|Nellie McKay sings "Clonie" - TED.com|
Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; genetics; live music; piano; science; short talk; singer; 2008
|Sxip Shirey breathes music and passion - TED.com|
Composer Sxip Shirey makes music from the simple, dramatic act of breathing -- alone and together. Open your ears to a passionate 3 minutes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; live music; music; short talk; 2008
|Doris Kearns Goodwin on learning from past presidents - TED.com|
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; history; politics; sports; storytelling; 2008
|Dean Ornish says your genes are not your fate - TED.com|
Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; aging; genetics; health; health care; medicine; science; short talk; 2008
|Chris Jordan pictures some shocking stats - TED.com|
Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; beauty; business; culture; photography; plastic; statistics; TED2008; 2008
|Robert Ballard: The astonishing hidden world of the deep ocean - TED.com|
Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; adventure; animals; biodiversity; education; exploration; fish; oceans; science; submarine; TED2008; 2008
|Isaac Mizrahi on fashion and creativity - TED.com|
Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations -- from '50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout "Stop the cab!" Inside this rambling talk are real clues to living a happy, creative life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; design; entertainment; humor; media; TED2008; 2008
|David Hoffman on losing everything - TED.com|
Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; culture; film; library; personal growth; short talk; storytelling; 2008
|Neil Turok makes his TED Prize wish - TED.com|
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; TED Prize; education; math; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Chris Abani muses on humanity - TED.com|
Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; literature; poetry; politics; writing; 2008
|Amy Tan on creativity - TED.com|
Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; culture; entertainment; storytelling; writing; TED2008; 2008
|Louise Leakey digs for humanity's origins - TED.com|
Louise Leakey asks, "Who are we?" The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind -- and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; anthropology; apes; evolution; human origins; humanity; paleontology; science; 2008
|Stefan Sagmeister on what he has learned - TED.com|
Rockstar designer Stefan Sagmeister delivers a short, witty talk on life lessons, expressed through surprising modes of design (including ... inflatable monkeys?).
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; art; design; education; happiness; humor; work; 2008
|Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" and "If I Had You" - TED.com|
The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; music; piano; short talk; women; 2008
|Kaki King rocks out to "Pink Noise" - TED.com|
Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; guitar; innovation; music; performance; singer; 2008
|Peter Diamandis on Stephen Hawking in zero g - TED.com|
X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; business; flight; science; short talk; space; technology; universe; 2008
|Christopher deCharms looks inside the brain - TED.com|
Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demonstrates a new way to use fMRI to show brain activity -- thoughts, emotions, pain -- while it is happening. In other words, you can actually see how you feel.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; brain; business; demo; medicine; science; short talk; technology; visualizations; TED2008; 2008
|Andy Hobsbawm says: Do the green thing - TED.com|
Andy Hobsbawm shares a fresh ad campaign about going green -- and some of the fringe benefits.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; climate change; design; entertainment; global issues; humor; media; sex; TED2008; 2008
|Nellie McKay sings "The Dog Song" - TED.com|
Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: "Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; entertainment; live music; music; piano; TED2008; 2008
|Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight - TED.com|
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; brain; consciousness; global issues; illness; science; TED2008; 2008
|Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world - TED.com|
Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu ... Read more.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; design; food; global issues; pollution; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Jay Walker's library of human imagination - TED.com|
Jay Walker, curator of the Library of Human Imagination, conducts a surprising show-and-tell session highlighting a few of the intriguing artifacts that backdropped the 2008 TED stage.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; business; culture; design; entertainment; entrepreneur; innovation; invention; library; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Joshua Klein on the intelligence of crows - TED.com|
Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; design; hack; intelligence; interface design; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Patricia Burchat sheds light on dark matter - TED.com|
Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; big bang; education; energy; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
|Paul Collier on the "bottom billion" - TED.com|
Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; activism; business; development; economics; global issues; politics; poverty; TED2008; 2008
|Brian Cox on CERN's supercollider - TED.com|
"Rock-star physicist" Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive project.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; big bang; education; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Craig Venter is on the verge of creating synthetic life - TED.com|
"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" Craig Venter asks. His answer is "yes" -- and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we'll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; creativity; energy; genetics; global issues; invention; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Susan Blackmore on memes and "temes" - TED.com|
Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; design; evolution; meme; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Laura Trice suggests we all say thank you - TED.com|
In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" -- to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; communication; culture; happiness; parenting; relationships; 2008
|Alisa Miller shares the news about the news - TED.com|
Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why -- though we want to know more about the world than ever -- the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Google; business; economics; entertainment; global issues; media; news; short talk; TED2008; 2008
|Irwin Redlener on surviving a nuclear attack - TED.com|
The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; global issues; history; medicine; technology; war; 2008
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|Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks - TED.com|
Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; demo; design; education; entertainment; gaming; hack; short talk; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Robert Lang folds way-new origami - TED.com|
Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; design; engineering; math; origami; space; TED2008; 2008
|Benjamin Zander on music and passion - TED.com|
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Buddhism; arts; creativity; culture; entertainment; leadership; live music; music; 2008
|Samantha Power on a complicated hero - TED.com|
Samantha Power tells a story of a complicated hero, Sergio Vieira de Mello. This UN diplomat walked a thin moral line, negotiating with the world's worst dictators to help their people survive crisis. It's a compelling story told with a fiery passion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; communication; global issues; morality; politics; war; TED2008; 2008